FashionandPolitics

No wonder fashion catches people's attention-when it comes to projects that show identity-and seizes the opportunity to embrace it.


During the 2014 China International Fashion Week, Jordan Impeng wears a mask on the runway. At the 2015 Paris Fashion Show in spring, Chinese designer Masha Ma wore a Swarovski diamond look.

Rappers Ayleo and Mateo Bowles (Ayo & Teo) use masks as a proxy for expressing or challenging creative identities. They started wearing masks and they told Billboard because people were making fun of their facial expressions. Soon they became their signature accessory.

Future and his daughter wore fine diamonds with the 2017 BET Awards in recognition of his performance "Mask Off". Young Thug's stylist Zoe Dupree named it "Smoke Fashion".

Over the past three years, brands such as Off-White, Palm Angels, Bathing Ape and Fendi have provided designer masks. Gucci puts Grammys on Billie Eilish in full Gucci glasses. This is the message she conveys. Her body is hers. Her eyes.

Less than a month ago, celebrities and models started masking selfies with masks on social media-most often from airplanes and from the streets. This is Bella Hadid's flight out of Milan in a fedora, scarf and surgical mask. Gwyneth Paltrow, wearing a black Nemen x Airinum breathing mask, was on his way to Paris.

Masks were distributed at the fashion show. Sometimes guests wear special, custom styles. Chanel's people put camellia on her. At Fendi, there are double Fs.

Today, there are pages of pages and masks on Etsy. Most of them are belted fabrics adorned with puppies, Wonder Woman, Star Wars, Rainbow, and more designs, with prices ranging from $ 6.99 to $ 40. They have become so common that in 2019, the Italian digital magazine NSS described them as "a truly essential accessory in terms of practicality and fashion in the 21st century."

Recently, in the Hong Kong democracy movement, wearing masks (especially black masks) has been both a political tool and a tool to disguise the identity of CCTV cameras. They became so popular that the government tried to ban them and immediately elevated them to a symbol of rebellion.

However, as masks have become deeply rooted in Asian culture, they have also become shorthand forms of racism, especially in the condemnation game about how the coronavirus originally found in China started. (The New York Times and other news agencies were charged with stereotypes when wearing masks using photos of Asians in an article about the New York outbreak. This changed the situation.)

Today, fashion journalist Connie Wang wrote in "The Refinery" 29: "They are like scarlet letters." For Americans and Europeans, this may be other and despicable signs, or it may be implied. Accusation.

News References: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/style/face-mask-coronavirus.html